Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day-Team Indy

By Barney on October 19, 2010 in AmeriCorps

The team went to a local restaurant called 45 Degrees where Indy Pride (a local nonprofit seeking to educate and honor the GLBT communities) helped organize an event to raise funds to support clients.  October 30, 2010, immediately following the local production of Mary Poppins, there was a fundraiser that went to benefit the Indiana AIDS Fund and Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS.  There was a silent auction and the cast of Mary Poppins as well as local patrons exhibited their talents on stage.

We decided to participate in the event as a way to recognize National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

As a sort of “part two” on November 2, 2010 as part of the National Gay Men’s HIV Awareness Day, the team participated in a Drag Show called Sober Sirens.

The Indiana AIDS Fund “Team King” had a group of people who used to be substance abusers come together and decided for this to be the first year they put on a drag show fundraiser.

The team spoke at intermission about getting tested for HIV, and that safer sex kits were available.  It was conveniently located near the food and raffle tickets.  We kept it simple, as we were guests but anyone who needed more information knew where to find us.

Between the two events, there was approximately $4500 raised, with over $6,500 raised total to go to the Indiana AIDS Fund Walk & Ride which goes towards emergency assistance for clients.

One of the most important lessons we could have learned in working with these groups over the past week have been that we often have to reach outside of our comfort zone to find the best way to reach our clients.  In reaching out to the Gay Men in Indianapolis, it is not always simple to relate or be related to.  As a team we have all had the opportunity to grow in learning how best to reach the needs of all people.

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